Star Wars is a life changing experience. Ask any actors in lead roles and they’ll be able to tell you how iconic the role becomes for them. In V Magazine, Adam Driver was able to ask Daisy Ridley questions regarding her experience in film and especially Star Wars. There’s swearing, laughter, and so many compliments.
Driver was able to ask Ridley some interesting questions regarding her role in The Force Awakens. One of them, that has some people freaking out, is that her character was originally named Kira. When asked if she had any initial conversations with director J.J. Abrams about the character, she said she didn’t.
No, no, he told me it was meant to be Kira. And then, when we were already shooting in Abu Dhabi, he told me that he was thinking of going with Rey, which I thought was frickin’ awesome.
Hardcore fans (or at least those with The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens book) will know this already. During very early pre-production, they envisioned a young female Jedi who was thought to be a “loner hothead, gear-head, bada**”. Which luckily for us, we got a version of that in Ridley’s Rey. But Ridley went on to say that she didn’t really have a firm grasp of what was going on with her character until she got the script.
I never really had a conversation with J.J. about it until I had read the script. So, I had no sense of what I was getting into. No sense of what was really going to happen or what anything would entail. I hadn’t done a film before, so it was a whole new thing. It’s such a crazy thing the first time around: Even if [J.J. and I] had had a conversation about it, nothing would’ve even made sense at that point anyway. It was unfolding as we went along.
They further go on to talk about her current career highlights with her future projects at the forefront, how they deal with seeing themselves on film and so much more. Driver was pretty hilarious during it as well, saying things like he’s easily annoyed or joking with her. But he navigated the interview well. They also talked about how they became “besties” during the filming of The Last Jedi.
Ridley: Becoming besties with you was the best thing.
Driver: That’s a lie, but we will make sure that’s printed.
One of the best parts of the interview was Driver talking about the Japan press tour. He’s really hung up on it and you have to read it. It’s great to see them coming together to interview. Though Driver is wary of doing press or being in any sort of spotlight, it’s fun to see him participating in something like this. I also can’t help but think Lucasfilm is really trying to drill home the idea of Rey and Kylo being together as at least allies in the upcoming films. They’re getting us used to the idea.
Read the full interview and let us know what you think! Be sure to come back to Geek Girl Authority for more Star Wars fun. The Last Jedi comes to theaters December 15th.
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